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The household rolls of King Henry III of England (1216-72)

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22 - 46
Number of pages25
Issue number207
StatePublished - 2006

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The household rolls of King Henry III are the first to survive for any English king. In broadest terms they record the daily expenses of the various household departments, the most important being the pantry, buttery and kitchen, in supplying the court with its food and drink. The interest of Henry III's rolls is great, even if the portion of them which survives is small. They constitute the only direct evidence we have for the daily cost of the household's victuals, and thus throw considerable light on the scale and purposes of royal hospitality. They also illuminate the place of the queen at Henry's court. The vestigial rolls of Queen Eleanor of Provence are, themselves the first to survive for any English queen. This article describes the surviving Henrician rolls, discusses their meaning and function, and demonstrates some aspects of their value to historians

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